Beyond God’s Limits: Tech Lessons from Babel

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I’ve always been intrigued by the story of Babel from the book of Genesis. It’s pretty unique, as Bible stories go.

1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.

3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
Genesis 11:1-9

Interesting, right? Let’s dig into it a bit and see what we, as techs, can pull from this.

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Please Help Us Pick A Hashtag! [Podcast #51]

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After several conversations have erupted on Twitter and Google+ about the ChurchMag Podcast, we’ve decided that it’s time for us to pick a hashtag. Hashtags are a great way for everyone to be a part of a larger conversation, and since you are a part of that conversation, we thought it would be awesome if you […]

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The Weekly Briefly Podcast [Saturday Morning Review]

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Shawn today is the member’s exclusive podcast from Shawn Blanc, Former creative director at the International House of Prayer and now online entrepreneur behind ShawnBlanc.net, Tools and Toys and the Sweet setup. The Friday edition of the podcast is called the weekly briefly and is published openly, the other episodes are only accessible to members. […]

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Church Tech Snack Pack #069

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Happy Birthday YouTube! (Well, it was yesterday, but still!) For a few weeks, the snack pack tasted like a bag of old potato chips. This week, however, is full of #nomnom! Fresh potato chips anyone?

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Minecraft Theology: 04 Giving Diamonds

04 Giving Diamonds

One of our newest beta testers, Tim, joins me in looking at what has been happening on the Churchmag Minecraft Server and in the process, we discuss what community can look like digitally. Tim shared his own thoughts on joining the servers and we get to hear his heart. What do you think?

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EPIC PowerMac G5 Computer Desk [Images]

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If you’re a geek, and anything like me, then you tend to ‘collect’ old, dead and dying computers (oh, it’s just me then…) 😉 But some old hardware is just beautiful and is worth doing something with (rather than just putting in a cupboard and forgetting about). One of the most classic of computer designs […]

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How to Set Up Security on Your New WP Install

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WordPress is pretty secure by default. But it is also the most popular open source CMS in the world, which makes it a target of all the wanna be hackers, malicious code distributors, and random DDOS attacks. Making your WordPress site secure should be your top priority right after you install WordPress. Here is what […]

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10-Years Since YouTube’s First Video Upload

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Alternate title: Cat Videos & Screaming Goats: An Ode to YouTube Happy Anniversary, YouTube! Ten years since you’ve first video upload, and now you’re seeing over 300 hours of video uploaded every minute! YouTube, we’re so proud of you! Watching you grow up has been a real thrill. From your vast and growing collection of hilarious […]

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